PANICKED about my G3 laptop (charging related)... help desperatly needed!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rpvee, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. rpvee macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2007

    I recieved a used Powerbook G3 some months ago with OS 9.2. It worked fine, charged fully, until last week. I began to have to move the part of the AC charging cable that went into the laptop. I had to wiggle it, sometimes even hold it in a certain position for the laptop to charge.

    Through the days, this has gotten worse. And I can't back-up anything on my ancient Mac because its CD drive can only read audio CDs and nothing else. Well, today, it refused to charge at all, and even worse, it was on low battery. Hoping to save as much power as possible, I turned the thing off... but it seems to think that it doesn't have enough energy to turn back on.

    So now my laptop is dead. It cannot charge, and it has no power, with no way to back it up. A friend of mine who knows a lot about Macs suspects that the problem is the part of the laptop itself that recieves the power.

    My life is on this laptop, and I would hate to have to have someone take its hard-drive out for me to get my data. I am begging anyone and everyone here... is there a way to save my laptop? :(

    Thank you...

  2. forrestmc4 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2007
    Washington, DC
    You're going to have to pull the drive and save your data if you cannot charge the machine. Throw it in an external casing that can be bought here: Make sure you get the right connector type for computer's drive. I'm sorry that I don't have anything better for ya, but no power is no power. A similar thing happened to me when someone dropped my powerbook and broke the power input. I was on my way to the hospital at the time and they didn't tell me till I got out. I was furious.
  3. Reflow macrumors 68000


    Mar 30, 2005
    Does you friend have a second power supply that you can test with. Also if the DC board is bad really easy to replace if you are handy..
  4. avincent52 macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2007
    What you've probably got is a loose connection on the logic board, a pretty common problem with laptops. The good news is that your data is safe.

    Here's what I'd do. Find someone with a similar machine in working order, swap your battery into their machine and fully charge it. (You might be able to wangle a charge or two by just wiggling and holding the adaptor as you did before.)

    I assume your machine has a USB port, so once it's charged you can buy or borrow a portable hard drive to back up your data. (You can get one for under $100 and someone here can advise you about which backup programs work with OS 9)

    Then with your data safe, you can figure out if it's worthwhile to get this machine fixed or try to find something else, perhaps a newer used machine on Marketplace.

    And when this is done, you'll have learned a cheap and valuable lesson about backing up your data.


Share This Page